Will a tooth abscess go away with antibiotics?

Can you treat an abcess without surgery?

A tooth abscess can cause a great deal of pain and trauma, as your tooth becomes infected and pus forms inside the teeth, in the gums or even in the bone. The abscess can cause several problems such as throbbing pain in the tooth, pain in your ear, jaw, and neck (this will be on the same side as the toothache). Additionally, if left untreated it could lead to swollen gums, loose teeth, and even bad breath. As such it is vital to assess the problem and seek out medical help as soon as possible.

Antibiotics are often prescribed to combat an abscess however, it many cases they would not be enough to solve the problem. The antibiotics can prevent the infection from getting worse and spreading, and as a result, they tend to be prescribed as a treatment to reduce pain. Unfortunately, antibiotics can struggle to cure an abscess if the infection has reached the blood vessels inside the rootThe anatomic portion of the tooth that is covered by cementum and is located in the alveolus (socket) where it is attached by the periodontal apparatus; radicular portion of tooth. of your tooth as by this point the tooth’s antibacterial defences have already been damaged.

Consequently, to cure an abscess your dentist is more likely to suggest treatment such as root canal surgery, which removes the infected root from the gums. This treatment would save the tooth. Your dentist may recommend a tooth extractionThe process or act of removing a tooth or tooth parts. if root canal surgery is no longer possible and the infection has spread. Alternatively, the dentist may be able to do an incision and drain the pus from your tooth before sealing the wound.

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